Monstera Obliqua Monkey Leaf
Important! Monstera are poisonous if ingested, so be very careful if you have pets and/or small children.
These indoor plants can handle low light, but if you want them to grow faster and produce larger leaves, provide medium to bright indirect light. In a north- or east-facing window, you can place them close to access more sun, or you can keep them out of reach of direct light in a south- or west-facing window. (Learn more about light requirements for indoor plants)
Monstera love a good soaking after the soil has almost completely dried out. Water more often during the warmer months while they are growing, and reduce watering during the winter months, letting the soil almost completely dry out between watering.
The Monstera will grow in most household temperatures, but a temperature between 65-85? is ideal. They can survive in temperatures as low as 50?, but the cold temperature will stop growth.
All species in the Monstera genus benefit from higher humidity levels. The best way to increase humidity is to add a humidifier to your room. Trays filled with pebbles and water can help increase the humidity immediately around your plants, or try grouping your indoor plants closer together. (Learn more about raising humidity levels)
This houseplant likes to be fertilized during their active growing season, so be sure to use either ¼-diluted fish emulsion with iron or ¼-diluted complete liquid fertilizer twice a month. Another option is to top dress your plants in the spring with a compost (like worm castings). This will slowly release nutrients to the roots throughout the growing season. (Learn more about fertilizing indoor plants)
Rotate your Monstera to promote a full, balanced indoor plant.
When you are trimming the houseplant, cut under the node (swollen nodule where the leaves and aerial roots form) in order to propagate a new plant!
Always check the leaves (top and bottom) during your care sessions. Check for unwanted guests (pests and diseases)